Relax with a picnic without the work

Twisted Vine to offer complete picnic basket bundle

Laura DeWilde of Twisted Vine shows off a new Bridge Street Baskets picnic now available at her restaurant.

What could be more hometown America than an afternoon picnic complete with a tablecloth to throw down on the grass, delicious food, beverage and dessert? Now Rockford shoppers can take a break from finding great deals downtown and enjoy a relaxing meal from Twisted Vine, complete with the basket and tablecloth to settle down onto.

Laura DeWilde, of Twisted Vine, located at 51 E. Bridge Street, is now offering an old-fashioned but gourmet picnic to go. Bridge Street Baskets will offer a variety of lunch or dinner choices geared for two, although special requests will gladly be accommodated. See the red and white checked tablecloths by the dam, at Picnic Pops or anywhere else patrons care to carry them. The meals, in whicker collapsible baskets, fit nicely into the bicycles available for rental at Double Take.

“I hope people will enjoy them and then bring them back,” said DeWilde.

DeWilde also hopes to work with other “downtowners” to drop little extras into each basket—a coupon for a free classified ad in the Squire, or a coupon or giveaway from one of the shops. “We try to help each other and make the best experience possible for each person who visits our downtown,” DeWilde noted.

Twisted Vine has been open since September 2010, and DeWilde said she looks forward to her first summer in business in Rockford. The restaurant/deli offers kitchenware as well as meals and products, such as American Spoon gourmet jams and jellies.

DeWilde is also expanding her offerings to branch into light brunch items on Saturdays, geared to the Farm Market shoppers. “It won’t be the eggs, bacon and potato hearty breakfasts that Peppermill Grill offers,” DeWilde noted.

Like other merchants, she hopes to compliment, not compete, with her fellow business owners, and will be offering lighter fare—egg casseroles, quiche, French toast, crepes. She plans on offering her gourmet jams on the crepes, so diners can see for themselves how delicious the Michigan-made American Spoon preserves are.

“It will be light food. If people like it, we might offer the brunch items every day of the week,” she said.

Stop by and check out the new Bridge Street Baskets, sample an early brunch on Saturday, or just stop in to see what Twisted Vine has to offer.


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